Making progress

See this face? This is the face of a “I ran a sub 11 minute mile for the first time ever!” face.

Thumbs up!

Thumbs up!

I started my 10k training this past week. Yes, I made the decision to run, despite the fact that I came down with a cold. To my defense, I started feeling better the first night of my training, so I laced up my shoes and made my way to the group meetup.

Training with a group is relatively new to me. I ran with a group for my 5k training last year, but I didn’t meet any training partners when the group ended. This time, however, I’m trying to find people to run with and hope to run with a partner or a group after this group ends in June. I’ve ran on my own for the majority of my running ‘career’, so I’m hoping to change it up a bit and run while chatting with a person or a group within my pace. Group running’s pretty motivating so far!

Yesterday I ran on my own. (We run three days a week: 2 runs with the group, and one ‘individual’ run on the weekend.) I checked the weather and danced around a little when the forecast called for sun and temperatures in the 50s! I suppose spring really is coming to New Hampshire. Finally.

That run rocked. I pushed myself a little harder than usual and I ran 2.78 miles in 30 minutes! For the first time since middle school, I ran a mile in less than 11 minutes. My average pace for the entire run was 10:47, another personal best. Runs like this make me excited, because I am getting faster. I may still be slow, but I’m still making progress. Honestly, I’m happy with how running makes me feel, no matter how fast I run. That’s what’s important, right?